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National Make a Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others -- a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors.

On October 25th, The Center for Student Leadership and Involvement will be having its Service Saturdays Kick-Off event. Service Saturdaysí is a CSLI program devoted to giving Ithaca College students opportunities and guidance to successfully volunteer in and around the Ithaca community. Service Saturdays Kick-Off event will include two amazing opportunities, a South Hill Clean-Up project and Bomber Buddies football excursion.

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If you're unsure who you will vote for in November, stop by the Project Vote Smart Bus on Monday, October 20, the day we return from fall break. The bus will be parked in O lot (behind the Park School) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

At the bus, you can get unbiased information about the candidates and where they stand on the issues.

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Your student club should participate in the Monster Mash! Sunday, October 26th, 5-7 PM

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The United States Air Force Band of Liberty will give a free concert on Monday, October 20, at 8:15 p.m. in Ford Hall at Ithaca College. The varied program includes "Yankee Doodle Humoresque," a Halloween medley, a tribute to Liza Minnelli, Copland songs, a short symphony for band, and Sousa marches and patriotic fare. No tickets are required for this event. Several School of Music alumni will perform with the band.

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The Student Employment Office will be closed Monday, October 20, through Thursday, October 23, so that the staff may attend a national conference.

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Study Away

Contributed by Laurie Wasik on 10/13/2008 

Whether you are an indie rocker or a classical musician, a public artist or an aspiring curator, a politico or a social justice advocate, or you simply want a change in perspective, the Associated New American Colleges (ANAC) Student Exchange may be the right opportunity for you.

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Bob Beichner of North Carolina State University -- the main force behind the creation of the SCALE-UP approach to teaching physics -- was recently asked by the National Academy of Science to submit a white paper on this approach. SCALE-UP stands for "Student Centered Activities for Large Enrollment University Programs."

This approach combines lecture, laboratory, and recitation activities into a blended, active-learning environment. Ithaca College's performance-based physics teaching laboratory is based on the SCALE-UP approach.

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The Park Design House, which allows students to gain real-life client and design experience, has recently launched an online form to make it easier for campus clients to request a student designer.

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If you'd like to spend the day with a professional in Ithaca through Take an Ithacan to Work Days, sign up before fall break.

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Do you use Microsoft Office 2003 for Windows? If so, you need to upgrade to Office 2007 soon! After December 2008, Office 2003 will no longer be supported or installed by ITS.

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Are there computers or network printers in your area scheduled for replacement this spring under the Technology Renewal Program?

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The Caregiver Support Group will meet this Friday, October 17, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in 413 CHS.

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The Sustainability Speaker Series will offer a panel discussion, titled "Fair Trade -- Millennials and Sustainability: Things That Matter," on Tuesday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m. in room 111 of the Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise.

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Library Fall Break Hours

Contributed by Bernard Hogben on 10/13/2008 

The Ithaca College Library will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 15, through Friday, October 17.

The library is closed Saturday, October 18.

On Sunday, October 19, hours are from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

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The Office of Student Employment will be closed Monday, October 20, through Thursday, October 23, in order for the staff to attend a national conference. Every effort will be made to assist students.

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Have something ... different to say? Good. We want to hear it. The IC Journal is seeking unique student papers concerning race, culture, gender, and ethnicity for its upcoming issue.

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Friday, October 31, IC After Dark and Colleges Against Cancer are hosting the Treacherous Terror Tour, and they want you to help out!

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During Campus Sustainability Day on October 22, 2008, dining services will be piloting trayless dining during all meals in the Towers dining hall.

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Because of construction problems, the new visitor parking lot will not open until Wednesday, October 15.

Recreation and Leisure Studies faculty member Chris Pelchat has been selected for two national positions within the leadership ranks of the outdoor industry.

The membership of the Wilderness Education Association (WEA) selected Pelchat to serve as president of the organization's association. The mission of the WEA is to promote the professionalism of outdoor leadership through establishment of national standards, curriculum design, implementation, advocacy, and research-driven initiatives. The WEA serves as the international certifying body for outdoor leadership. (

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